ECHO PARK – The school board has approved a staff plan to convert Clifford Street Elementary into a math and technology magnet in the 2015-16 school year. Meanwhile, the small school in the far north end of Echo Park has been honored as a California Distinguished School. Clifford Street teacher Rick Powels has details about the two milestones:
Clifford Street Elementary has been named a 2014 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. This honor recognizes schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and have made progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
It occurs at a special time for the school because it also just gained unanimous approval from the Los Angeles Board of Education to convert to a Magnet. The school will reopen as Clifford Math and Technology Magnet in 2015. The conversion to a magnet will be huge since it will draw students from all over the district.
The staff’s magnet school application was approved during the May 13 meeting of the L.A. Board of Education. The Clifford magnet program, according to district documents, could accommodate 120 students in grades 1-6 in its first year and will eventually expand to the 162 students.